UN envoy launches mission to discuss stalled Yemen talks

Published May 31st, 2015 - 04:00 GMT
The peace talks were postponed after being initially set for May 28. (AFP/File)
The peace talks were postponed after being initially set for May 28. (AFP/File)

The UN special envoy to Yemen has launched a mission to discuss stalled Geneva peace talks on Yemen as Saudi Arabia strikes continue.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who flew in to the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, on Friday, opened the mission on Saturday to discuss the postponed Geneva talks aimed at ending the crisis in the war-hit Arab country.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had urged all Yemeni sides to attend the Geneva talks, which were initially set for May 28. The talks were postponed after the fugitive former Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, said in a letter to the UN secretary general that he would not be present during the talks unless his demands are met.

Yemen has been under Saudi airstrikes since March 26. In its latest campaign on Saturday, Saudi warplanes bombarded a hospital in the Bani Hashish district of Yemen’s western province of Sana’a.

According to the UN, about 2,000 people have been killed and more than 500,000 displaced as a result of the conflict in Yemen. 

This article has been edited from the source material.


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